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So far Julia Hubbel has created 127 blog entries.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

“UM, Neddy, I have to pee.” “You’ll have to wait. We’re at least an hour from the Lodge.” “I have to pee NOW.” “You have to hold it. It’s going to be an hour before we’re back.” “Neddy, you don’t understand. I have a urinary track infection. I gotta pee NOW. As in RIGHT NOW.” [...]

By | March 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

“My Life is Over”: Injuries in Badass Women

The post on Facebook was a wail. The young woman was crushed: a recent bad breakup, and she had badly cranked herself heading at speed down a Colorado mountain. Her knee was trashed. According to her, her life was over. Forever. Right. Um, no. About ten women chimed in- all of us athletes, varying ages. [...]

By | March 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Anti-Aging Secrets: The Real Fountain of Youth

The older couple ahead of me on the stairs made their careful way up, step by confident step. There were in their seventies, and lightly bundled for the slight March chill brought on by the winds. I paused and spoke with them as we neared the top of 200 steps. I was on my tenth [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Burn the Script

I held a remarkable African necklace in my hand when she walked up and asked if she could help me. The necklace, made of twine and feathers, spoke to me. This is the kind of thing I can't cram into a backpack or bag when I come home from my international travels. I'd prefer to [...]

By | March 2nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Climbing Kilimanjaro: What’s Really Involved?

This past Thursday I had a coffee meeting with a woman who arranges all kinds of travel for all kinds of people. Deb asked me about Kilimanjaro, which I had trained for and summitted back in 2013. She said quite rightly that "lots of women- and men- say I couldn't possibly do that." Well, they're [...]

By | February 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

“I’ve Been Doing This for 45 Years”

It fell out of my mouth before I could stop it. "Crap," I thought, embarrassed. "I sound like my father." The young woman grinned at me and I thanked her. Watched her walk away. She had just complimented me on how hard I worked out, the shape I was in. She's maybe half my age. [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Walking Wounded

  A few weeks ago on the Facebook page Outdoor Women's Alliance a woman was moaning openly about having trashed her ACL, and she needed help walking her dog. Two things happened: offers poured in, and so did supportive advice from a great many other skiers/boarders/athletes who have had similar injuries. Not long after that [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Winning (and Losing) Customers at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

The expansive booth was replete with samples of every kind of glove and mitt displayed on the wall. Neatly set up, the gloves looked almost like a museum display. I couldn’t wait to get a closer look. A young man (we’ll call him Dan) blocked me at the entrance and asked if he could help. [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

It’s January and Back to the Gym!

Nothing sends gym regulars scampering to find a new time to hit the iron than the annual influx of "This year I'm gonna..." newbies. Normally I love that late afternoon sweet spot of 3:30 to 5 pm, right before the after work crowd lands but after I've got my day's work largely done. Since I [...]

By | January 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Your Best You in 2018: What it Takes

This weekend marks a moment of both excess and reflection. The celebration of a year's end, and the beginning of something new. It's our human habit to hope for better. What makes each of us different is our willingness to put in the work to make wishes come about. Prayer, for some, is enough. However, [...]

By | December 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments